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Edible oil competition to hamper soy demand

Steady but unsensational growth is earmarked for soy products in the US with market analysts predicting a 5.4 per cent rise year on year to...

Tax incentives to encourage Irish R&D?

Private investment in research and development (R&D) activities in Ireland has increased, but further efforts are needed to reach the EU's 3 per cent target,...

Carrefour in Norwegian JV

Most of the world's leading food retailers are looking to the emerging markets for growth, but France's Carrefour is also hoping to increase sales in...

Hot weather lifts Iceland

Iceland, the supermarket chain owned by the UK's Big Food Group , has registered its first rise in sales for several quarters as a result of...

Oh soy good!

Steady but unsensational growth is earmarked for soy products in the US with market analysts predicting a 5.4 per cent rise year on year to...

Tighter rules require tougher testing

With new rules on food allergen labelling due to crack down in 2005, ambitious biotech company Eurofins is hoping to grab a slice of the...

Which? calls for rapid action on health claims

As tough new European proposals on health claims undergo scrutiny from Member States, one UK-based consumer group has kept the pressure up on regulators and...

Rhodia divests as losses hit

Food and pharmaceutical ingredients company Rhodia has announced a major restructuring drive that has coincided with the departure of its chairman and chief executive Jean-Pierre...

Japan reports new BSE case

Japan's health ministry claims it may have found another case of mad cow disease in a 23-month-old bullock slaughtered last month, bringing the total number...

New stores boost M&S food sales

The continued roll out of the Simply Food format by the UK's Marks & Spencer group has helped the company increase sales in the second...

Sugar reform - the winners and losers

Reform of the current preferential EU sugar regime is imminent, with think-tanks, politicians and industry participants among others assessing this complex and heated topic. But...

Golden Wonder plays the nostalgia card

Golden Wonder, the first company in the world to produce flavoured crisps, is to relaunch its flagship brand with the emphasis firmly on the product's...

A pinch less salt, please

The shake-up for salt use in processed food has continued with the UK food agency unveiling a new salt model to investigate the effects of...

Weight and wealth, opportunities for food industry

Britain is increasingly becoming a nation of extremes, with the gap between the very rich and very poor, and the overweight and underweight, becoming wider...

Carrefour stepping up Asian growth

Carrefour , the French retail group, is gambling on a significant improvement in exchange rates over the coming months as it expands its business in South...

Health claims - the truth

The European Commission this week issued a statement relating to its proposed regulation on health and nutrition claims announced in a bid to clear up...

Cash rich, time poor Brits change nation's eating habits

Britain is increasingly becoming a nation of extremes, with the gap between the very rich and very poor, and the overweight and underweight, becoming wider...

Surging sales for Naturex

Naturex, the French company which produces natural ingredients for the flavour, food and nutraceutical industries, has reported a strong rise in its first half sales...

Green light for tagatose venture

The European Commission this week gave the thumbs up to a joint venture between Danish/Swedish company Arla Foods Ingredients and German sugar giant Nordzucker, to...

Milk price protests continue

Members of the National Farmers Union in the UK this week demonstrated outside Dairy Crest cheese manufacturing and distribution sites to call for a 2p...

Co-op lifted by convenience store focus

With all the major UK food retailers fighting over the Safeway chain in recent months, it is easy to forget that there are a number...

Managing risk, the best approach for Europe?

Precautionary principle expert Professor Ortwin Renn told participants in a lunch debate on 1 October that policy makers and scientists should use one of five...

Safeway suitors consider legal action

Two of the supermarket groups which were blocked from bidding for the Safeway chain in the UK are considering taking legal action against the draconian...

Genomics cracks bitter taste problem

Genomics, a growing area of the biotech landscape, is already starting to bear fruits for the food industry with the news that Dutch enzyme company...

Cargill takes on European chocolate operations

Fresh from acquiring starch derivatives company Cerestar, privately-held US company Cargill throws another European ingredients company into its shopping trolley with the purchase of French...

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